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Barlow's or Horner's Mill, Adams County

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Inventory Number: PA/38-01-54x
County: Adams County
Township: Cumberland - Mount Joy
Bridge Name: Barlow's or Horner's Mill
Crosses: Rock Creek
Truss type: Burr
Spans: 2
Length: 130' 6"
Roadway Width:
Built: 1841
Builder: John Camp
When Lost: 1871
Cause: Flood
Latitude: N39 45.400
Longitude: W077 13.883
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Directions: About ½ mile northwest of the village of Barlow on Taneytown Road (Route 134 - SR0134).

This is either Reaver's Bridge (PA-01-44) or Barlow's or Horner's Mill Bridge (PA-01-54), Adams County, PA
Richard Donovan / Trish Kane Collection
County #27. Two spans of 60' each with an overall length of 130'6". There are two entries in the Harold E. Colestock manuscript Yesterdays Bridges - Old Adams County Bridges: 031 1841--"Horner's Mill"--A covered bridge, with two spans of 60 feet each, was constructed across Rock Creek, at Homer's Mill. This was on the Gettysburg-Taneytown road connecting Mt. Joy and Cumberland Townships. A contract to build this bridge for $2,000 was made with John Camp, on January 4, 1841. The contract was published in Gettysburg's Sentinel. The bridge was swept away by a flood in 1871. It was replaced by another of the same type, in the same year, on a foundation several feet higher. #2: 066 1871--"Horner's Mill"--The 120 foot wooden bridge, with two spans, was rebuilt to replace the one that was built in 1841. This bridge was on the Taneytown Road over Rock Creek at Horner's Mill. It connected Cumberland and Mount Joy Townships. The contract date for the bridge was, April 21, 1871, at a cost of $1,345, let to John M. Pittenturf. It was in the Gettysburg newspaper, Star and Sentinel. Nothing has yet been found for a replacement date, but in Penn Pilot aerial photography dated to September 24, 1937, the covered bridge is gone.
Moll, Fred J.. Pennsylvania's Covered Bridges - Our Heritage, 2004, pages 74-75
Kipphorn, Thomas. Information received by email, June 2013
Kipphorn, Thomas. Information received by email, January 2007
Colestock, Harold E.. Yesterdays Bridges: Old Adams County Bridges, 1997, Pages 8 & 15

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